Short-Term Trips
Remembered for a Lifetime

About Atlas

Atlas Travel and Study Abroad is a host and coordinating service for short-term educational trips to Costa Rica. We work with Christian high schools, colleges, and youth groups to handle all logistics, such as lodging, meals, transportation and excursions so that students and faculty can focus on learning and enjoying their educational adventure. As Atlas staff, we are committed to personally investing in our guests and giving them an amazing study abroad experience. Schools may come to Atlas with their own course and teachers or they can choose one of the courses Atlas offers.

Additionally, Atlas partners with MissionGo to provide a Gap Year program for English speaking high school graduates ages 17-23. Click here to learn more about our Gap Year Program.

Our Goal

To provide your study abroad group with all you need to have an amazing educational experience.

Our Vision

To create fantastic educational opportunities where hands-on participation enhances the learning experience.

Education

Meeting your educational goals by providing classrooms and optional courses.

Diverse Experience

Enriching your experience by incorporating jungle, beach, cloud forests and urban adventures.

Rest and Restore

Providing opportunities for rest and relaxation by planning a fun get-away after the hard work is done.

Your Atlas Hosts and Gap Director

Andy and Tina Gordley

Andy and Tina have been married for 22 years. They have 6 children: Elijah (19), Brayden (17), Jamin (14), Summer (11), Rhett (6) and Maverick (2). They are originally from Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania and met at church in the mid-90s and married in 2000. They are both graduates of Lancaster Bible College. They worked with high-school youth for 10 years and 16 years respectively before moving to Costa Rica in 2010. In Costa Rica, Andy was the director of SCORE International’s GAP Year Program from 2010 – 2020, and now he currently serves as the Director of Atlas’ new Gap Year Program.

Assistant Gap Directors

Evan and Nancy Esh

Evan & Nancy are Assistant Directors for Atlas’ Gap Year program. They attended the program from 2014-2016, and later graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2018 and 2020. They found that their previous time in Costa Rica shaped their hearts for the gospel and discipleship. They are passionate about seeing the gospel reach the next generation through equipping young adults with gospel-centered theology and discipleship. Evan and Nancy find joy in challenging and encouraging young adults in their faith similar to how others poured into them during their formative years.